Snag a Chic Sale-Priced Clutch at Banana Republic

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

A clutch adds a hint of sophistication to an outfit—it’s an accessory that you want to carry with pride. As opposed to bulky bags, clutches don’t require overstuffing in order to feel satisfied. A clutch has always been a sign of prestige and glamour, with enough room to pack only the essentials. Banana Republic has some great clutch choices on sale. Although my three clutch picks are textured and quilted, which was a trend of the past, I think it is a trend worth continuing. Clutches often go in and out of style, so I picked three clutches worth buying because of the price and the fact that the colors are great for the upcoming season.

My first pick is a mahogany Leather Archive woven oversized clutch-- perfect for the ladies who can’t leave their makeup bag or camera behind. This clutch will fit plenty, but don’t over pack it because it will take away from the shape and style. There is nothing worse than seeing an unattractively over-stuffed clutch, when the mere purpose is to carry only the bare necessities inside these alluring bags. This bag is especially charming with its tucked in flap closure, which gives it a chic and extravagant touch.

Women: Leather Archive woven clutch - Mahogany
Leather Archive Woven Clutch
$99.00 (was $190-- save 48%!)
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The Drake large quilted clutch is a great color for the spring. I love the orangey color and the quilted detail. The bag combines both leather and suede to give it that extra flare, but be careful not to spill drinks on this sassy clutch because it will be tough to get the stain out. I would advise spraying it with suede protectant and keeping it in a soft cloth for longevity purposes. I think this clutch will add a lot of spark to any casual outfit. It has the potential to survive many years, uplifting spirits every time you glance at it. Many fashionista men and women shake their heads in disapproval when seeing a clutch worn with a casual outfit, but this clutch is fun and unique enough for the day and night, making it acceptable for all occasions.

Women: Drake large quilted clutch - Russet
Drake Large Quilted Clutch
$49.99 (was $140-- save 64%!)
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Speaking of uplifting spirits, in my opinion there is no color more uplifting and fun than turquoise or jewel blue (okay, maybe yellow.) This peacock colored Oversize Croc-Embossed clutch is perfect for strutting in your favorite hot summer outfit. The color is a mix of blues and it changes a tad when looked at from different angles. The simplicity in style prevents this bag from looking cheesy. The shape balances out the funky fun color and texture. I know some of you ladies feel like spring and summer are far from near, but you may want to take another glance at your calendar.

Women: Oversize croc-embossed clutch - Peacock
Oversize Croc-Embossed Clutch
$49.99 (was $130-- save 62%!)
Available at:

The best part is you will learn to carry less and keep your weight lifting in the gym, where it belongs.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.